Australia considers making changes ahead of crucial third ODI

April 9th, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Apr 9 (ANI): Australia are considering making changes to their line-up for the crucial third one-day international against South Africa in Cape Town.

The tourists opened the five-match series with a 141-run win in Durban last Friday, but were beaten by seven wickets two days later at Centurion as the Proteas bowled Australia out for 131, FOX Sports reported.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting was reminded at his pre-match press conference of his team’s effort in the one-dayer in Cape Town on the 2006 tour, when Makhaya Ntini’s 6-22 helped the Proteas rout the tourists for 93 chasing 290 to win.

“We won’t be able to finalise our team until Thursday morning. We just want to have a closer look at that wicket and see what the overhead conditions are like when we start the game,” Ponting said.

“We’ll name the eleven in the morning. There are some changes that we could make if we wanted to so we’ll wait and see what turns out in the morning. Probably the good thing for us is that not many guys who played in that (2006) game are here for this game.

“There are not many of us who have that memory. As it turned out I didn’t play that game either, I had torn a stomach muscle. Maybe only Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke (and pace bowler Nathan Bracken) who played in that game,” Ponting said.

Cameron White and Marcus North, who can bat in the middle order and also bowl spin, and paceman Brett Geeves are the three members of the 14-man squad who could possibly come into the side. (ANI)

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